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Achyranthes aspera - L.

Common Name Devil's Horsewhip
Family Amaranthaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Open dry places at elevations up to 2000 metres in Nepal[272]. More or less naturalized as a weed in waste ground in southern Europe[50].
Range E. Asia - Himalayas to Australia.
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
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Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Achyranthes aspera Devil


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Achyranthes aspera is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.9 m (3ft). It is in flower from Jul to September, and the seeds ripen in October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves;  Seed.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - cooked[144, 177]. Used as a spinach substitute[179]. Seed - cooked[144, 177]. The seeds are said to be eaten with milk in order to check hunger without loss of body weight[272]. The brown oviod seed is about 2mm long[266].

Medicinal Uses



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Antispasmodic;  Astringent;  Diuretic;  Odontalgic.

One of the more important mdicinal herbs of Nepal, it is widely used in the treatment of a range of complaints. Ophthalmic[152]. The whole plant is used medicinally, but the roots are generally considered to be more effective[283]. They contain triterpenoid saponins[283]. The root is astringent, diuretic and antispasmodic[152, 178, 272]. It is used in the treatment of dropsy, rheumatism, stomach problems, cholera, skin diseases and rabies[152, 272]. The juice extracted from the root of this plant, mixed with the root of Urena lobata and the bark of Psidium guajava, is used in the treatment of diarrhoea and dysentery[272]. The plant is astringent, digestive, diuretic, laxative, purgative and stomachic[272]. The juice of the plant is used in the treatment of boils, diarrhoea, dysentery, haemorrhoids, rheumatic pains, itches and skin eruptions[272]. The ash from the burnt plant, often mixed with mustard oil and a pinch of salt, is used as a tooth powder for cleaning teeth[272]. It is believed to relieve pyorrhea and toothache[272]. The leaf is emetic and a decoction is used in the treatment of diarrhoea and dysentery[272]. A paste of the leaves is applied in the treatment of rabies, nervous disorders, hysteria, insect and snake bites[272].

Other Uses

Soap;  Teeth.

The ash from the burnt plant, often mixed with mustard oil and a pinch of salt, is used as a tooth powder for cleaning teeth[272]. The dried twigs are used as toothbrushes[272]. The ash of the burnt plant is a rich source of potash. It is used for washing clothes[272].

Cultivation details

Cultivated as a food crop in China[179]. A very variable species[266]. See also [240] and [50].

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Readers comment

Victor   Mon May 8 2006

Is this the same herb that is called: Rough Chaff Tree, Prickly Chaff Flower, Apamarga, Apamara, Adharajhada, Aghada, Aghata, Antisha, Apamarga, Apamargamu, Apang, Atkumah, Chirchira, Duk.-Agari, Kadaladi, Katalati, Kharamanjari, Khare-vazhun, Kune-la- mon, Kutri, Latjira, Nayuruvi, Pan- dhara-aghada, Safed hedo, Shiru-kidaladi, Uttaraene and Uttaranee, which is found all over India? If so, there is a danger of spontaneous Abortion associated with its use by pregnant women.

Holostics Online Much information concerning this plants holostic uses.

Patel Nilesh J.   Wed Feb 21 2007

I s there any scientific proof about anti-diabetic activity of Achyranthes aspera

Ken Fern, Plants for a Future   Wed Feb 21 2007

Currently, we have seen no information that this plant could be beneficial in the treatment of diabetes.

senthilkumarrp   Fri Aug 10 2007

this medicin cure for kidney stone explain brefley

Umar Kabiru Jega   Mon Aug 20 2007

The plant is called Kiban kadangaru in Hausa lang. (Nigeria). It is used in the treatment of nemonia in children.

Dr. neeta raj   Fri May 16 2008

I wish to handle a research project on the same. suggest what are the thirst area with this plant

Jay Cee Marshall   Tue Jun 10 2008

Where can I buy the tea leaves for this Achyranthes apera - L. I heard about this on KBS World Television Station. They suggested washing well, soak for 24 hours and boil. Do you have any more suggestions for proper use. They also said that this tea is good for people in their 50's, and helps to lower body obesity.

Gretchen   Sat Aug 2 2008

I took a test on an QXCI machine and it suggested this herb. My practitioner doesn't know anything about this herb to tell me what dosage I would need to use. She uses a lot of other things but has not studied this one. Could anyone help me? brighteyes Saturday, Aug.2, 2008

douglas blanchard   Thu Feb 26 2009

hello i would like to order a devils horsewip plant and a clove plant and a firebush plant

david   Fri Feb 27 2009

This site only provides information on plants, doesn't supply the plants themselves.

Samuel Tuffa   Wed Apr 8 2009

Is Achyranthes aspera - L.legume plant?

Jivraj V. Joshi   Thu Jun 11 2009

In Sanskrit language it calls "APAMRJAN" means cleaner of internal system & & in Gujarati language marjan means Manjavu/ Ujadu karvu all meanings are to cle aning upto brightoning. and thatis why it is one of the best medicine to clean the Body & be healthy

dr akhilesh kumar   Thu Jun 18 2009

this is very important plant in traditional indian medicine and ayurveda

abdhesh kumar   Thu Jul 23 2009

have any hepato-protective R&D work done with achyranthus aspera leaf extract. pl. give this information in my e- mail. thank u

namrata   Fri Sep 11 2009

have any hepato-protective R&D work done with achyranthus aspera leaf extract. pl. give this information in my e- mail. thank u

sanjay   Fri Sep 25 2009

can i use achyranthes aspera for weight loss

MANDAR R ZAMBARE   Sat Oct 24 2009

SIRBUT THERE IS A PROOF FOR ANTIDIABETIC ACTIVITY BUT THE RESEARCH PAPER NEED TO BE PURCHASED AND I ALSO WANT THE COMPLETE REVIEW OF THE SAME PLANT

Bhosale manju   Tue Nov 10 2009

Bhosale Manju Nov 11 2009 Compost prepare from Biomass of Achyranthus is very good for increasing the quantity and quality of the Crop plat. It also increase the quantity of Reducing Sugar in your crop.Plz HALP TO CONSERVE THE NATURE.avoid Chemical fertilizar

Bhosale manju   Tue Nov 10 2009

Compost prepare from Biomass of Achyranthus is very good for increase the quantity and quality of the Crop plat. It also increase the quantity of Reducing Sugar in your crop.Plz HALP TO CONSERVE THE NATURE.avoid Chemical fertilizar

chanda   Wed Dec 9 2009

Which compound of A aspera is kill the microorganism ?

chanda   Wed Dec 9 2009

Which compound of A aspera is kill the microorganism ?

lokesh kumar   Mon Dec 14 2009

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